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South of France in summer

Looking for a trip to the south of France during June 28 through July 10th. We are family of four with 2 boys aged 8 & 10 yrs old. Suggestions please. We like little bit city, coastline, beach, culture, food, small villages.

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Thank you for the kind word!

It is an amazing time to travel in Provence, since it coincides with the lavender bloom, and big summer crowds only arrive around 6-7 July, which is the start of school holidays. The one downside is that it can be hot. AC is highly recommended.
With 12 nights, I would pick no more than 3 bases.

Assuming Marseille airport as a starting point, and assuming a rental car, you could do:
- 3 nights in Cassis
- 4 nights around Ste Croix lake, ideally in/near Moustiers or cheaper Aups: explore the Verdon gorge, the lavender fields around Valensole, enjoy lake activities (swimming, pedalo in the gorge, electric boats on the lake), explore small villages south of the lake
- 5 nights in St Rémy de Provence (or other village in the vicinity: Eygalières is super cute, for example), a great base for places like Arles, the Camargue, the Luberon villages (more of a drive), etc.

The Avignon theater festival will be on; I would avoid Avignon at that time since there is usually very little of interest for non-French speakers and it makes the city REAL crowded.

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This itinerary looks great. Is there some beach town along the way/trip that we can cool off for couple days?
Should I add little more of French Riveria for that? Spending 2 days around the beach covers the kids side of wishes.

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It is going to be very hot and humid. I would advise booking hotels with ac and a pool and/or a beach. We stayed at Le Mas d’Aigret which is at the foot of Les Baux near St. Remy. They have a pool. It is at the foot of the fortress and you can walk up to the fortress from there. I think the boys will enjoy seeing the trebuchet in action in Les Baux and wandering around the fortress ruins. The Carrieres de Lumieres is nearby and is a welcome relief from the heat. Cassis as suggested by Balso is also nice and there is a nice beach. You can take the boys for a boat ride to the Calanques and drive up to the Route des Cretes for the views (just don’t get too close to the cliff edge).

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we stayed along the Riviera in the town Beaulieu Sur Mer, which is anout 6 miles from Nice. We walk the coastal trails most days. Lots of beach access and beautiful scenery. Interested in more information. Let me know.